Saturday, November 24, 2012

Final Fall Finish

Hello, Everyone,
We've been seeing snow showers today - it looks like the end of fall for us. I guess that means I need to start digging through my finishing basket and start shopping to find the perfect gifts for our friends and family - and get them finally finished!  Hopefully I'll be able to get enough done so that there isn't too much holiday stress.

Since I can't share with you my Christmas exchange that is packed up and waiting for the post office to open so it can be mailed, here is my final fall finish for this year.

Autumn Leaves © 2006 The Prairie Schooler, Inc.
Pumpkin Ornament
28ct Black Lugana
DMC Threads
Stitch Count: 30 x 64, 2 over 2

It's too dark now to work in my sewing room, so I think I'll work on my HAED some more. I want to get as much done as I can this year because I signed up for next year's SAL on the HAED BB.

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fall exchange revealed

Hello everyone,
Last month was the Fall into Halloween exchange over at Stitched with Love exchanges. You can see the whole gallery here.

Now that the exchange is closed, I found out that my wonderful package came from Dawn. I must say I was quite worried as one end of the box had  been crushed by the time it arrived. With quite a bit of anxiety, I opened the parcel to find this lovely exchange. Dawn had wrapped everything so beautifully, that nothing was damaged.

 I requested either fall or Halloween for this exchange. 

 This Homespun Elegance piece ABC Cat she stitched for me fits both beautifully.

Such lovely ribbons for the no-sew finish.

Don't you just love the pretty fall fabric she used for my orts?

My partner was Nancy (Glory Bee), and she requested a fall themed package. I went stash diving and finally settled on the biscornu from the fall collection of Anita's Little Stitches.

Fall Biscornu Collection © 2008 Anita Diamond
32ct Antique Ivory
DMC & DMC Color Variations  Chilean Sunset
Stitch Count 62 x 62, 2 over 2

When I started to assemble this, I realized that somehow I managed to stitch the front twice. LOL! Luckily, I realized it in time and stitched the bottom panel. I stuffed it with poly fill and added a few tablespoons of pumpkin spice  scented pellets. Then I added a covered button and a few bicone crystal pins.

Here is the package that I sent. I do hope that she liked it.

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Checking in after Sandy

Hello Everyone,
What a week. We had the wind gusts from Sandy...not much rain. Had some broken tree limbs, a broken clothesline, and possibly some damage to our chimney - but not much else. We didn't even lose power this time. Our birds have had to adjust as we kept our feeders on the clothesline about 20' off the ground (well away from the bears), and for now we are using a post attached to the deck.

We are saddened when we watch the news showing the areas so badly hit. Most of DH's family live on Staten Island, New Jersey, or Connecticut area. We have been patiently waiting to hear from them. Some have called ... just waiting to hear from the rest of them.

I did want to share a  beading finish with you. I couldn't decide which owl to do for Beth's exchange, but after choosing the horned owl and seeing how lovely it looked, I knew I needed to make the other 3. I still have to do the snowy owl... Hope to find time for that one soon.
Oriental Bay- Owl © October 2007 Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch & Beading Issue Seventy Two

Silamide thread,
Miyuki delica beads (7 colors almost 900 beads)
square stitched

Stitch Count 26 x 42

I started stitching my Christmas exchange earlier this week, but I think I have to start it again on a different fabric- I think the milk chocolate fabric is to dark for the colors I'm using. I 'll probably continue later today adding in some snow... maybe that will make the difference.

We've had flurries in the air a few days this week, so we have a few more outdoor chores to finish. Plastic on the lower windows, planters need to be put away, and the tractor needs to be converted to blow snow.  And we need to find the cause of the leak at our wood stove / chimney connection.

Have a wonderful day!